Panel Icons

Rebecca (detail)
Rebecca (detail)
Deisis Triptych
Deisis Triptych click image to enlarge
Christ
Christ click image to enlarge
Our Lady of Joy
Our Lady of Joy click image to enlarge
Our Lady of Sorrow
Our Lady of Sorrow click image to enlarge
Our Lady of Glory
Our Lady of Glory click image to enlarge
The Annunciation
The Annunciation click image to enlarge
Christ the Gardener
Christ the Gardener click image to enlarge
Peter and Paul
Peter and Paul click image to enlarge
Timotheos (detail)
Timotheos (detail) click image to enlarge
Abigail
Abigail click image to enlarge
Angel (detail)
Angel (detail) click image to enlarge
Basil the Great (detail)
Basil the Great (detail) click image to enlarge
The Transfiguration
The Transfiguration click image to enlarge
The Resurrection
The Resurrection click image to enlarge
The Crucifixion
The Crucifixion click image to enlarge
Royal doors, Barnoldswick
Royal doors, Barnoldswick click image to enlarge
Righteous Joseph (detail)
Righteous Joseph (detail) click image to enlarge
Protomartyr Stephen
Protomartyr Stephen click image to enlarge
Protomartyr Stephen(detail)
Protomartyr Stephen(detail) click image to enlarge
Peter and Andrew
Peter and Andrew click image to enlarge
Mother of God with Angels
Mother of God with Angels click image to enlarge
Merciful Christ
Merciful Christ click image to enlarge
John the Baptist
John the Baptist click image to enlarge
Christ in Glory
Christ in Glory click image to enlarge
The Holy Family
The Holy Family click image to enlarge
Doubting Thomas (U.S.A.)
Doubting Thomas (U.S.A.) click image to enlarge
Royal Doors
Royal Doors click image to enlarge
The Annunciation
The Annunciation click image to enlarge
The Archangel Michael
The Archangel Michael click image to enlarge
The Holy Family
The Holy Family click image to enlarge
The Mother of God and Saviour
The Mother of God and Saviour click image to enlarge
The Mother of God – Key to the Door of Paradise
The Mother of God – Key to the Door of Paradise click image to enlarge
The Virgin as Paradise
The Virgin as Paradise click image to enlarge
The Virgin Deisis
The Virgin Deisis click image to enlarge
The Mother of God (Shrewsbury Greek Orthodox Church)
The Mother of God (Shrewsbury Greek Orthodox Church) click image to enlarge
Detail of Archangel Gabriel
Detail of Archangel Gabriel click image to enlarge
Icons Screens

A brief history of the iconscreen:

Portable icons have a long history in the Church. They are a window to heaven, and an affirmation of the role of the material world in the spiritual life. (For a summary of the history and theology of icons, read the article “Sacred Icons” in the “Articles” section of this website.)

The oldest surviving portable icons are from the early sixth century, and are found in St. Catherine’s Monastery, Sinai. These are painted in encaustic, or wax mixed with pigment. From about the ninth century the egg tempera technique replaced this encaustic method. It is this ancient egg tempera method that Aidan uses. A simplified description of the process that he follows is as follows.

First the subject matter is researched (for example I read the life of the saint, or the appropriate hymns if the icon is of a feast). On the basis of this and a study of existing icons a design is made on paper. A board is then cut from hardwood (oak, ash, sycamore and lime are commonly used) and hollowed out. If the board is wider than about 20 cm then tapered and dove-tailed battens are inserted into the back to reduce warping but allow seasonal movements in the wood.

Two layers of hot rabbit skin glue size are then applied, followed later by a layer of open weave linen. Then two layers of size and a little whiting (a very fine inert powder) are applied as a sort of primer. Then the gesso proper is applied in about fifteen layers. This consists of size with a lot of whiting.

The gesso is sanded very smooth, using seven to eight grades of sandpaper. The design is then transferred. If the icon is to be water gilded, then about six layers of bole are applied to the area to be gilded (bole is size mixed with a clay, usually red). This bole is sanded with the four finest grades of sandpaper and polished with a cloth. Gilding is done by wetting an area at a time with water and alcohol and then applying loose gold leaf (23 1/2 carats). After a short time the gold is burnished with an agate stone.

The painting then begins. The paint consists of egg yolk and water and a little vinegar mixed with natural pigments. These are generally taken from the earth (e.g. ochre, sienna, umber) and from finely ground semi precious stones (I particularly use azurite, cinnabar, malachite and lapis lazuli).

After the name of the saint or feast has been written, the icon is completed and is delivered. It is traditional for the owner to take it to church to be blessed. As egg tempera continues to harden over time it is best not to varnish it immediately after painting, and so I ask that the icon be returned for varnishing after a year.


The Saviour (Shrewsbury)
The Saviour (Shrewsbury) click image to enlarge
New Martyr Elizabeth
New Martyr Elizabeth click image to enlarge
Royal Doors (Shropshire)
Royal Doors (Shropshire) click image to enlarge
Saints Laurus and Florus
Saints Laurus and Florus click image to enlarge
Nativity (Shrewsbury)
Nativity (Shrewsbury) click image to enlarge
The Myrrh bearing women
The Myrrh bearing women click image to enlarge
St. Anastasia
St. Anastasia click image to enlarge
St. Gregory Nazianzus
St. Gregory Nazianzus click image to enlarge
St. Seraphim of Sarov
St. Seraphim of Sarov click image to enlarge
The Resurrection
The Resurrection click image to enlarge
Transfiguration (detail)
Transfiguration (detail) click image to enlarge
Transfiguration
Transfiguration click image to enlarge
Creation: St. Caedmon’s Hymn
Creation: St. Caedmon’s Hymn click image to enlarge
St. Winifred
St. Winifred click image to enlarge
Transfiguration
Transfiguration click image to enlarge
Christ, detail (Shropshire)
Christ, detail (Shropshire) click image to enlarge
St. Chad (Lichfield Cathedral)
St. Chad (Lichfield Cathedral) click image to enlarge
Evangelist Luke (Cambridgeshire)
Evangelist Luke (Cambridgeshire) click image to enlarge
Christ (Shropshire)
Christ (Shropshire) click image to enlarge
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